Volume 12, Issue 42 - Wednesday, October 14, 2020
By Mary Scott Nabers, CEO of Strategic Partnerships Inc.
Throughout the country, many critical and long-overdue law enforcement capital projects are underway. Most of the projects are a result of either regional growth or dilapidated facilities that are in dire need of replacement.

However, along with the construction aspect of these projects, there are all kinds of other contracting opportunities. Many new technology offerings for law enforcement facilities offer benefits that include more efficiency, greater safety, and less costly operations. The projects will offer contracting opportunities that include all types of professional services, engineering, land development and equipment purchases.

Here are a few examples of the types of opportunities planned in the very near future.

South Dakota
Lincoln County Commissioners have approved spending $1.4 million for 155 acres that could be the location of a new public safety center. Citizens will vote in November on a $50 million bond to build the public safety center. Commissioners want the new facility to include a jail, courtroom space, and law enforcement offices. The bond also would provide funding for repairs to the county’s courthouse.

The Rolling Meadows Police Department has a critical need for a new video system. Officials say that it is needed for safety of both the prisoners and the guards. Additionally, the system is needed because the images and sound captured will be watermarked and can be used later when necessary as evidence in court.

Minneapolis $1.54B light rail extension draws gubernatorial support
Minnesota – Gov. Tim Walz joined the METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail Project Corridor Management Committee meeting to support the project.

In early 2021, the Metropolitan Council of Minneapolis is scheduled to evaluate equity, economic development, and affordable housing choices as it assesses potential alignments for the Blue Line Extension.

The Light Rail Transit (LRT) line will operate northwest from downtown Minneapolis through north Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park, drawing riders northwest of Brooklyn Park. The proposed alignment is primarily at-grade and will have 11 new stations in addition to Target Field Station and about 13 miles of double track.

It will interline with the METRO Blue Line and connect Minneapolis and the region’s northwestern communities with existing LRT on the METRO Green Line, future LRT on the METRO Green Line Extension, bus rapid transit on the METRO Red Line, the Northstar commuter rail line, and local and express bus routes.

The Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County are partnering on the estimated $1.54 billion project with funding coming from federal, state, and local sources.
UC Davis planning $508M Veterinary Medical Center
California – The University of California (UC) Davis is embarking on a $2 billion fundraising campaign, which is highlighted by a $508 million Veterinary Medical Center.

Plans call for an All Species Imaging Center, Large Animal Support Facility, Livestock and Field Service Center, and Equine Performance Center to be built in the first phase of construction.

Later phases will include an Equine Surgery and Critical Care Center, remodeled small animal clinic examination rooms, two wings for small animal clinics, and community practice consolidation.

UC Davis officials said they anticipate a 10- to 15-year construction schedule to build a facility that will serve the nation’s largest veterinary residency program, including the world’s largest for diagnostic. More than 30 clinical specialties will be supported by a complement of clinical laboratories.
New York issues RFI for civil service examination solution
New York – The New York State (NYS) Office of Information Technology Services released a request for information (RFI) to solicit input on out-of-box solutions and industry standards for examination services and application management.

These solutions would be used by NYS’ Department of Civil Service (DCS), human resources staff at various state agencies, and civil service administrators at the municipal government level.

DCS is responsible for oversight of administration of the merit system of 94 local governments. The New York State Constitution mandates that appointments and promotions into civil service be made according to merit and fitness as determined through competitive examination. DCS fulfills this mandate by providing examination services to NYS agencies and municipal civil service agencies. Further, DCS is mandated to manage applicants through the examination process.

Existing processes require many systems to perform individual components of the exam and applicant management processes. The individual processes of the exam and applicant management processes include:
  • Web portal for submitting examination requests, reviewing request status, making changing or cancelling requests, downloading candidate rosters, and uploading and enrolling exam applicants from local users;
  • Internal application through which DCS staff can review, organize, and process agency examination requests and manage announcement development and publishing; 
  • Master examination schedule; 
  • Internal application for entering and manipulating examination-related data; 
  • Web portal for users to apply for exams; 
  • Fee maintenance system; and, 
  • Veterans determination process system. 

The application must have an internal application that allows Civil Service staff to review applications and make determinations based on eligibility, reschedule exam dates, view application history, enter in paper applications, review exam schedules, view rosters of applicants for an examination, and group applicants for testing purposes.

Submissions for this RFI are due by 2 p.m. November 5.
Ohio school district looks to bond election for construction funds
Ohio – The Parma City School District will ask voters to pass a bond election on November 3 to fund the construction of two new sixth- through 12th-grade campuses and convert Parma High School into a Center Campus. Total estimated cost of all three projects is $299.03 million.

Each 6-12 campus would include a STEM lab, pool, and auditorium. The former Center Campus would house a community and wellness center.

If successful, the district would assess a property tax rate of $18.96 per month per $100,000 of property value, which would combine with $69 million in state funding.

The district plans to select an architect and construction manager in February 2021, hold stakeholder visioning sessions in April 2021, and secure board approval of final designs in fall 2021.
West Virginia University to collaborate on hyperloop certification
West Virginia – Competition among 18 states to be selected as the site of a new hyperloop certification center culminated in the October 8 announcement that West Virginia will be the first in the country to work with the technology.

West Virginia University (WVU), Marshall University, and other organizations from across the state will partner with the hyperloop company to leverage intellectual capital and resources.

Work on the hyperloop certification center is expected to begin in 2021 on a facility that will feature a planned welcome center, certification track, and operations center on 800 acres in Tucker and Grant counties donated to the WVU Foundation. The center will include a pod final assembly facility, production development test center, and operations, maintenance, and safety training center.

The West Virginia Community and Technical College System will play a key role in helping to create education and job training programs.

Project leaders are targeting safety certification by 2025 and start of commercial operations in 2030.
Florida collecting feedback on public safety CAD/RMS systems
Florida – The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) released a request for information (RFI) for input on the latest technology for Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management Systems (RMS).

FLHSMV is seeking information from vendors regarding available solutions designed and suitable to replace its current CAD/RMS. This RFI is designed to explore all avenues available in the current technology market, including necessary components of a solution that the department can employ to protect the integrity of its data throughout the life of a current project and beyond.

The department utilizes the CAD system to enter and track calls for service, dispatch troopers and other state law enforcement officers, and coordinate service delivery to residents and visitors. Law enforcement officers use the RMS to issue traffic citations, investigate traffic and vessel crashes, create incident and arrest reports, and other related records. The current CAD and RMS system provides a suite of functions and applications to include evidence submission and management, a data reporting and analytics application, and officer-initiated automated daily activity logs.

A CAD/RMS solution should be installed and configured in such a manner as to optimize performance across seven regional communications centers, office locations, and within the mobile environment of trooper and officer patrol vehicles.

This may be accomplished as a centralized server application on a virtual server environment with Storage Area Network (SAN) attached storage. This secondary site must be capable of providing all public safety software suite functionality when needed as a result of a failure at the primary site location. There must be a method of replicating and restoring data from the secondary site to the primary site.

The department will consider a hosted solution that meets all functional requirements through a “cloud-based vendor or managed services” infrastructure and encourages that information in responses to this RFI.

FLHSMV anticipates releasing a solicitation in fiscal year 2021-2022 for a term of five years with an optional five-year renewal.

RFI responses are due by 3 p.m. November 10.
Donations move UNC business center funding closer to 2022 goal
North Carolina – Two $25 million donations will go toward the construction of a new business center for the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC).

The new building will add 140,000 square feet to the business school, double the available teaching space, and have 16 classrooms.

Construction on the new building is expected to take about two years. Renovations to the McColl Building and Kenan Center will take an extra 12 months.

On July 21, 2020, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill signed by Gov. Roy Cooper to provide $75 million in funding to expand and enhance the business school’s campus. To receive those public funds, UNC must raise $75 million in private funding by June 30, 2022. Including these two gifts, UNC has raised $58 million in private funding for the new building.

Total project cost is estimated at $150 million.
Study: Southern, Western cities among fastest-growing in country
Washington, D.C. – Southern and Western states claimed most of the top spots in a recent ranking of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., according to a new study by a personal finance firm.

The company compared 515 cities of varying population sizes based on 17 measures of growth and decline over seven years. Its data set ranged from population growth to unemployment rate decrease to growth in regional gross domestic product (GDP) per capita.

Fort Myers, Florida claimed the top spot overall in the rankings based on its leading jobs and economy ranking of No. 1 and its fifth-place showing in sociodemographics. Other Florida cities in the top 20 were Town ’n’ Country in seventh place, Cape Coral in 14th, and Port Saint Lucie in 15th.

Bend, Oregon was second on the list, followed by third-placed Meridian in Indiana, fourth-placed Milpitas in California, and fifth-placed Enterprise in Nevada.

Six Texas cities made the top 20 list with Frisco, Texas leading Lone Star State cities in sixth place. Other Lone Star State cities in the top 20, were Round Rock at No. 8, McKinney at No. 11, Sugar Land in 16th, Midland in 17th, and College Station in 20th.

In the large city category, Henderson, Nevada recorded the highest growth, followed by Seattle in second, Atlanta in third, Miami in fourth, and Denver in fifth.
Tennessee RFI seeks input on imaging and data capture systems
Tennessee – The Processing Division of the Tennessee Department of Revenue (DOR) issued a request for information (RFI) for a new imaging and data capture system to replace its aging large-scale hardware and data entry systems.

The Processing Division completes work for all divisions across the department and multiple agencies across the state. Currently, major workflows include Tax Return and External State Agency application processing through large high-speed scan optics scanners as well as DOR’s vehicle, title, and registration document and application processing via individual Canon check scanners and Fujitsu desktop scanners.

DOR’s Processing Division handles more than 500,000 tax returns and payments annually and more than 372,660 vehicle title and registration applications and documents. It uses data entry software implemented in 2000 and high-speed scanning hardware installed in 2011.

The state is soliciting input on system options and estimated cost for implementation of options. Deadline for submitting RFI responses is 2 p.m. October 30.
Health department issues RFI for administration services in Florida
Florida – The state of Florida, Department of Health, Division of Children’s Medical Services (CMS), and Office of Children’s Medical Services Managed Care Plan and Specialty Programs are requesting information regarding estimated costs associated with the services below for Third Party Administrator (TPA) services.

In its request for information (RFI), the state seeks to collect input for a potential procurement of TPA services to provide or recruit a statewide network of providers for pediatric specialty medical, behavioral, and developmental services for children birth to 21 years.

The TPA would encompass all service settings and medically necessary service needs. This includes utilization management, service authorization, claims processing, provider payment and reporting, and submission of claims processing for vital confirmatory diagnostic testing of newborns, infants, and toddlers in a timely manner.

CMS and CMS Plan seek to understand the options and costs associated with these TPA services:
  • Provision and recruitment for a statewide provider network of pediatric specialty care services for medical, behavioral, and developmental needs for children birth to 21 years of age. This would include hospital, outpatient, physician, and allied provider office services, in-home services, diagnostic services, laboratory services, durable medical equipment, durable medical equipment supplies, and pharmacy services; 
  • Utilization management and service authorization; 
  • Claims processing and provider payment; and, 
  • Maintain and update accurate and complete electronic data. 

A feasibility study will be done based on the analysis of the responses to this RFI, which are due by 5 p.m. October 20.
Port of Kansas City earns federal grant for River Terminal project
Missouri - The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) awarded a $9.88 million grant to the Kansas City Port Authority for the Missouri River Terminal project to remediate the site of a former steel mill landfill.

The grant will be used for advanced project planning and redevelopment activities of the 415-acre terminal site, such as preventative flooding maintenance, environmental remediation efforts, site design, land acquisition, and limited pavement and rail access development.

In 2018, the port authority board hired a consultant to guide the port in establishing a public-private partnership (P3) to develop the Missouri River Terminal.

The new terminal will provide access to water, highway, and rail and increase the efficiency of moving freight through Kansas City to and from West, Gulf, and East Coast ports.
Strategic Partnerships CEO leads P3 Airport Summit panel
Strategic Partnerships, Inc. CEO Mary Scott Nabers moderated an insightful panel discussion on “How Do I Deliver a Project with the P3 Model” as part of the annual P3 Airport Summit. 

The group discussed the key issues that airport authorities and public agency project owners must consider in conducting a project procurement including: structuring the agreement; conducting a fair and competitive procurement process; and negotiating a final agreement that is transparent and protects the public interest. 

Joining Nabers on the panel were: 
  • Seth Miller Gabriel, director, BDO; 
  • William Gorham, vice president of project development and partnering, Plenary Group; and, 
  • Michelle Rieger, shareholder, Construction Practice Group Chair, Winstead PC. 

To watch the video of their virtual panel, click here
Florida – Broward County Port Everglades appointed Ricardo Charlton as the new director of operations. Prior to joining Port Everglades, Charlton served as director of maintenance at the Port of Tacoma/Northwest Seaport Alliance. In 2006, he came to South Florida to work for a shipping company at the Port of Palm Beach as a terminal manager.

California – San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) selected Courtney Johnson as its interim airports director. She took over for Airports Director Kevin Bumen who accepted a position as the first chief commercial officer for San Francisco International Airport. Johnson most recently served as deputy director for SBP.

Michigan – Tom Siu joined Michigan State University Information Security in October 2020 as chief information security officer (CISO). He succeeds Seth Edgar who accepted a position as director of security operations at an insurance company. Prior to arriving at Michigan State, Siu served as CISO for Case Western Reserve University for 14 years.

Nevada – The Las Vegas City Council approved Jorge Cervantes as its new city manager, effective November 15. He will succeed City Manager Scott Adams who is retiring. Cervantes most recently served as chief operations and development officer for Las Vegas. Before that, he was the city’s director of public works.

Indiana – The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority board of directors selected John Seber as its executive director. He succeeds interim executive director Ehren Bingaman. Seber most recently served as president of a transit and fleet consulting company. Prior to that, he was director of maintenance for an Illinois-based transportation firm.
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